Impact Hub Manila Fellowship



Housing is becoming increasingly expensive, in terms of building development. The process of building a house not only costs a lot of money, but also takes a lot of time and manpower. A major factor in these high costs is procuring, transporting, and assembling the necessary materials like cement and wood.

Another problem addressed by 3D PrintEarth is the alarming rate of waste generation in the Philippines. As of 2011, the Philippines generate 35,000 tons of waste everyday, 16% of which are all plastic. With our ineffective implementations of waste management, a significant portion of these wastes end up in our sewers and rivers.

Who faces this problem?

A great number of people want to buy their own house, but can't afford it because of the involved development costs.

On a different note, every Filipino is affected by our uncontrolled plastic waste generation. These wastes cause floods, and pollute our environment.

How does your idea address this problem?

By developing a special 3D printer that builds houses from recycled plastic, both of these problems practically solve each other. With reprocessed plastic as the main material, customers will be able to not only save a lot of money, but also save the environment.

What’s new and unique about your idea?

Individually, 3D printed houses and recycled plastics are not new technologies. But together, not only do they solve two problems with one solution, but they also solve it more efficiently.

There are a lot of 3D printers nowadays that print houses specifically. However, all of them are gigantic and are larger than the house. Our 3D PrintEarth design will use a novel Delta Robot topology, which can be mounted on a standard Philippine Jeepney. With its compact and efficient design, we can save on transportation costs as the 3D PrintEarth can be deployed practically everywhere the jeepney can go.

How are you going to earn money?

3D printed houses can be bought as is, for a projected cost of 50,000 per house. This is targetted for those looking for affordable housing. Also, by 3D printing the houses, it can be especially attractive to those looking for quick housing, such as contstruction sites with workers.

In addition, we also want to help disaster-affected Filipinos by providing them with free rapidly-deployable shelters. We'll be asking for donations from charity organizations and relief operations as operation costs


2. We’ll provide free homes to disaster victims and homeless people using donations from organizations and operations. We take 20% as operation costs


Do you already have customers?

The first 3D PrintEarth prototype was developed back in 2014, and while it hasn't yet attracted any customers, it did win 1st place at the DOST Electronics Design Competition, and it received 200,000 pesos in funding.

Who is in your team?

Paolo Espiritu

-Founder & CEO of Narra3D

-Microsatellite Engineer of DIWATA-1, Philippines's first microsatellite

-MS Aerospace Engineering, Tohoku University

-BS Electronics and Communication Engineering, UP Diliman


Jyj Macaspac

-Co-founder & CTO of Narra3D

-Winner, several years, Shell Eco Marathon vehicle design

-Mechanical Engineering Faculty, UP Diliman

-BS Mechanical Engineering, UP Diliman


Michiko Resuello

-Co-founder & CFO of Narra3D

-Financial Advisor, Insular Insurance

-BS Physics, UP Baguio

Have you already founded/incorporated your company?


What is the intended positive impact on the environment and/or society of your venture?

Reused plastics will minimize our plastic waste generation and will reduce other material consumption. It will also reduce development costs of houses.

How will the Fellowship Program enable you to achieve your ambitions?

We need to develop the next prototype, which is deployable by a standard Philippine jeepney. For that, we need funding and a location to work in

Are you living in the Philippines?


edited on 30th July 2016, 14:07 by Juan Paolo Espiritu

Michael White Jul 25, 2016

How will these houses hold up in a typhoon?

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Juan Paolo Espiritu Jul 26, 2016

The proposed house design in itself is internally rigid. And upon mounting multiple lock posts of the house onto the ground, it will hold securely.

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Juvien Galano Jul 29, 2016

Have you consider the strength of plastic material that you are going to use? 'Cause if im not mistaken, the more you recycle a plastic, the more they become brittle and weak. Do you have a way to sort through different types of plastics from lets say a truck load? For weak plastics materials, what will you do with them?

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Juan Paolo Espiritu Jul 30, 2016

Most plastics retain quality after several reprocessing cycles. Part of the development for this project is to experiment with different plastics and different processes. Right now, we're eyeing HDPE and PET as our most viable targets. From our previous experience, these plastics are reliably rigid even after reprocessing once

As for sorting through different plastics, junk shops and recycling centers already sort them into types of plastics :)

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Neriah "BJ" Ato Jul 30, 2016

How would you exactly fit the Robot on the Jeepney again?

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Juan Paolo Espiritu Jul 30, 2016

There already are a few House 3D printers in the world, namely from China, Russia and Italy. However, all of those are gigantic, and are much larger than the actual house. This makes transportation costs and total house size an issue.

Our printer however, utilizes our novel robot topology, called "Hanging Delta Manipulator". We invented this design specifically to 3D print objects much larger than the 3D printer. In this way, we can fit the entire printer on jeepneys. One main objective of this is to be able to rapidly deploy shelters to disaster-affected Filipinos in rural areas.

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Neriah "BJ" Ato Jul 30, 2016

What's the maximum size that it can print (e.g. the house), and for how long?

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